Florida Bible College was established in 1962 in the Coconut Grove section of Miami on the campus of Grove Community Church with a very clear, but unique, vision and mission. It was on the cutting edge of a movement focusing on a 2 Timothy 2:2 approach to fulfilling the Great Commission. Part of what made it unique was its willingness to think outside the box and to embrace unconventional methods that were controversial in the eyes of the more staid, traditional church of its day. It moved north to a new home in the former Hollywood Beach Hotel in 1971, where it grew to become the largest non-denominational Bible college in the world. In the 1980s it again relocated, this time to the Poinciana development near the central Florida town of Kissimmee, before finally moving back to south Florida before operations were suspended in the late 1990s.
The Trustees sought not to recreate the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s. They adopted and executed a strategic plan to support their vision for a Biblically grace-oriented, culturally-relevant, mission-driven school. They have named the new President and have secured an anchor campus, and are pleased to announce that the first day of classes in the new era will be August 29, 2016.
The true child of God is not under the Law but under grace; he is saved by grace and disciplined by grace.
CLARITY OF THE GOSPEL
Man is saved by undeserved mercy through faith and nothing of man enters into his salvation; it is a free gift. Man's efforts, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, have nothing to do with it. Salvation is by the finished work of Christ and nothing can be added to it. Every true child of God possesses eternal life and is, therefore, safe and secure for all eternity, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, and sealed by the Holy Spirit; he cannot lose his salvation. Salvation is not the result of what we do, but is by receiving what God has done for us. Man can be certain of his salvation now, and his salvation cannot be lost because eternal life is eternal.
It is every Christian's privilege and duty to make clear God's plan of salvation wherever and in whatever vocation he or she may be.
It is a tragedy that many Christians live shallow Christian lives. FBC is dedicated to the task of training Christian men and women in the importance of total dedication and making Jesus the Lord of their lives, not to be saved, but because they are saved.
Florida Bible College continues to mature believers in Jesus Christ into fully-committed, biblically grace-oriented, knowledgeable, articulate, balanced, evangelistic disciples who are faithful, competent, and effective in serving as the hands and feet and voice of Jesus in the world ,and in His church.
Since its inception in 1962, Florida Bible College has been committed to offering comprehensive education in the Bible for those who know Jesus Christ as Savior and want to serve Him.
Our salvation begins with the grace of God through the clear and simple message of everlasting life by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is by this same grace that, as God's workmanship, we are being refined into His image as mature disciples (Ephesians 2:10).
We are called to live in the wonderful grace and liberty in Christ, for it is in this environment of freedom that we are designed to flourish. The fruitful and victorious life of a mature disciple of Jesus Christ is not achieved or characterized by a strict adherence to a legalistic moral code or by the avoidance of a lengthy litany of prohibited behaviors.
Regardless of how He gifts us, or in what capacity He chooses to use us, by His grace we can be diligent students of His Word, and faithful evangels to the world. Florida Bible College can equip you to be an effective communicator who can share the faith in such a way that those you teach will be able to teach others. "You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:1, 2)
The mission of Florida Bible College is to equip students for a life of lasting commitment to Jesus Christ, biblical faithfulness, moral integrity, intellectual development and lasting contribution to God's mission today.
Having first received everlasting life by faith alone in Christ alone ...
Commitment to Christ, is evidenced by:
Biblical Faithfulness, as evidenced by:
Moral Integrity, as evidenced by:
Intellectual Development, as evidenced by:
A Life of Lasting Contribution to God's mission today, as evidenced by:
Florida Bible College Statement of Faith
Stan was founder and president of Texas Bible College, Adjunct Professor at Moody Bible Institute (Evangelism, Graduate Program), Word of Life Bible Institute (Evangelism and Youth Leadership), Schroon Lake, NY. He is adjunct professor at Singapore Bible College, and other Bible Colleges and seminaries in China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mongolia, and throughout Asia. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Carol, who led him to Jesus Christ when he was 16 years old. He has been a pastor for over 30 years serving in rural, suburban, and city churches in Hawaii and mainland USA.
He served on faculty and as Dean of Men at Florida Bible College. After serving on the board of trustees and as chief spokesperson, he is now board of trustee emeritus and current President of Florida Bible College. He is the founder and president of Make It Clear Ministries where he is the Bible teacher on the radio program Make It Clear. He continues to speak at numerous Bible Conferences around the world. He has written numerous study manuals on theology, books of the Bible, as well as pamphlets on evangelism and discipleship, including some evangelism-training materials for Promise Keepers.
Dr. Ponz has also participated on speaking and writing teams for the Men’s Ministry Workbook used by Promise Keepers that equipped pastors and church leaders to reach men to become more effectively involved in men’s ministries. Dr. Ponz has also assisted in the editing of editions of the Uniquely You Profiles and Facilitator Manuals. It is said, there is a combination of genuine passion and proven substance when Dr. Ponz presents God’s Word correctly and clearly to help people come to faith in Jesus Christ alone and then to go on to become fully obedient worshippers of God.
John studied Christian education at Pensacola Christian College and Bible and theology at Florida Bible College. He owned a computer consulting firm for 18 years, has been a network and computer consultant for 36 years and a web designer / programmer 17 years. He continues as chief information officer and board of trustee member of Florida Bible College.
David graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Bible College and was Salutatorian of his class. After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary, he served as a pastor in New England for 24 years. He also served on the Ministerial Board of the New England District Association of the Evangelical Free Church of America and has completed training from T-Net International in helping churches become more intentional about disciple-making. Dr. McCann serves as Adjunct Instructor in Bible Exposition and Theology.
Mark has received numerous honors, trainings, affiliations, and certifications in the areas of education, supervision / administration and robotics; three of which are ITEEA CSL – ITEEA Program of Excellence Award Winner for the State of Georgia (2010), ITEEA Teacher of Excellence Award Winner for the State of Georgia (2012), and Outstanding State Supervisor/Leader of the Year Award (2014). He is a former Naval Air crewman and Rescue Swimmer in the SH-3H Helicopter, 2500+ flight hours; Navy Master Training Specialist, Instructor, and Training School Administrator. He is experienced in athletic administration, educational technology and administration, post-secondary, secondary, middle school and military instruction, curriculum development with over 25 years of outstanding accomplishments with a proven ability to motivate and work effectively with administrative staff, faculty, students, and the community. He currently serves on the Acting Academic Advisory Team and chairs the Curriculum Team of Florida Bible College.